Former BBC Three controller Murphy leaves RDF post after three months

LONDON - Former BBC controller Stuart Murphy has quit as RDF Media's creative director after only three months in the job.

Murphy, who left RDF on Friday, has not given a reason for his early departure, but there has been media speculation since he joined in January that he was unhappy in the new role.

He was absent from the Mip TV conference in Cannes last week, making him the only senior RDF executive not to attend.

RDF has so far declined to comment on the nature of Murphy's departure, which comes after he resigned as BBC Three controller last October after three years in the post.

He then became creative director at RDF, overseeing the development of its key programmes including 'Wife Swap', 'Faking It' and 'Shipwrecked'.

Murphy, who worked on some of BBC Three's most popular shows including 'Little Britain' and 'Casanova', was very outspoken when he left the corporation, saying: "I shall not miss having to listen to some bore of an MP who can't get his facts right and doesn't watch a channel, which is not even aimed at him." He was replaced by former E4 chief Julian Bellamy.

RDF has yet to announce who will be taking over as acting creative director in Murphy's absence.

If you have an opinion on this or any other issue raised on Brand Republic, join the debate in the Forum.


Subscribe to Campaign from just £57 per quarter

Includes the weekly magazine and quarterly Campaign IQ, plus unrestricted online access.


Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

1 Martin Freeman fronts Vodafone UK's first integrated ad campaign by Ogilvy

The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman plays a rude wedding guest in Vodafone's first integrated ad campaign since the telecoms giant moved its UK ad business to Ogilvy & Mather earlier this year.

Case study: How 'This girl can' got 1.6 million women exercising

1 Case study: How 'This girl can' got 1.6 million women exercising

"This girl can" was based on a powerful insight: that the fear of judgement by others is the primary barrier holding women back from participating in sport.

Just published